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London City Airport Lists Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts You Can’t Take Through Airport Security


And the top 10 (including some that perhaps were better off confiscated) are:

10) Lavender body lotion
9) Bristol Cream Sherry
8) Aromatherapy oils
7) Honey
6) Bubble bath and soap box set
5) Veuve Cliquot champagne
4) Bailey’s Irish cream
3) Hand cream
2) Sweet German wine
1) Yardley perfume

Mother’s Day is on Sunday March 15th and London City Airport is expecting a number of passengers to travel with gifts for the occasion, but regulations around what can and cannot be taken on flights mean that a fantastic and well-thought-out gift could end up in the hands of a security guard instead of a deserving mother.

Restrictions mean that no more than 100ml of liquids and gels can be taken in hand luggage, which includes gift ideas like perfumes, creams, lotions, mascara and lip gloss, and edible items like jam, honey and syrups. Care is advised for those buying an overpowering jasmine fragrance, some age-defying Ponds handcream or thinking of bringing some lovely homemade jam…

Generous sons and daughters also can’t take too much at once as liquids have to be placed in plastic bags which are limited to one per passenger. Hand luggage sizes allowed on flights are up to the airline, so passengers need to read up on the rules and regulations before packing.

If a busy passenger has forgotten the day then there are plenty of opportunities to stock up in duty-free with Aelia Travel Shopping for the best cosmetics and fragrances and Links of London for beautiful jewellery pieces.

If all else fails, there is free wifi throughout the terminal for passengers to log on for some last minute cyberspace shopping. Keep the presents a surprise though – mum’s the word.

For more information on hand luggage restrictions and more do’s and don’ts, can’s and cant’s, visit London City Airport’s website and go to the Security & Baggage section.


Further information

The top 10 is based on actual items confiscated at London City Airport, Feb/March 2015.

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